Six Cougars earn special recognition at senior banquet
Six Minnesota Morris senior student-athletes received awards Wednesday, April 24, at the University of Minnesota Morris Student-Athlete Senior Banquet at Oyate Hall.
Arnold Henjum Award: Kyle Och, Men's Golf
Willis Kelly Award: Yu Ito, Women's Soccer
Men's Honor Athlete: Tyler Sassenberg, Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field
Women's Honor Athlete: Kendra Raths, Women's Basketball
Men's Cougar Excellence Award: Noah Grove, Men's Basketball
Women's Cougar Excellence Award: Emily Ciesynski, Women's Track & Field
Arnold Henjum Scholar-Athlete Award
Presented to a senior male athlete on the basis of athletic excellence and integrity, the award honors Arnold Henjum, professor of education from 1964 to 1992, who made innumerable contributions to Minnesota public education. Recipients must earn a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
Willis Kelly Award
Presented to a senior female athlete who exemplifies the spirit of competition at Morris in women's athletics, the award is in memory of Willis Kelly, physical education coach and athletic director at Morris for more than 20 years. She was the first director of women's athletics in 1975 and served as director of men's and women's athletics from 1982 until her retirement in 1987. Recipients must earn a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
Honor Athlete Awards
Selected by a committee of coaches on the basis of academic and athletic achievement, recipients of the Men's and Women's Honor Athlete Awards have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Cougar Excellence Awards
The Cougar Excellence Awards are awarded each year to fourth-year student-athlete who represent the best of Cougar Athletics: passion, dedication, athletic competitiveness, and academic engagement. Recipients have competed at the University of Minnesota Morris for a minimum of two years.